“Cool” clothing


I live in the American South–in the heart of Carolina–where it is really hot and sticky in the summertime.  In past summers, I’ve dressed “coolly” in cotton tank tops and jean skirts. Cotton’s a fairly breathable fabric and, until now, I thought my cotton clothes were as “cool” as it gets. I was wrong. This summer, thanks to three new sundresses made with hi-tech wicking fabrics, I’m the coolest I’ve ever dressed!

My three dresses–two from Columbia Sports and one from Patagonia–are amazing. They are made with breathable polyester that dries quickly and, in the case of the Columbia dresses, even has a built-in 50 SPF! These are clothes you can sweat in on the drive to work/school/the store and still be cool and dry by the time you walk into wherever it is you need to be. Plus, all three have built-in shelf bras that actually work. Having one less article of clothing is a cooling plus.

I ordered my dresses from Zappos.com (I love the free shipping!) and all three dresses together cost under $200 US. I’ve one in black, one in melon and one in a pretty print. I wear them constantly. Oh, and not a one ever wrinkles–this is a good thing because I adamantly do not iron.

I think it’s pretty amazing how much fabrics have improved in my dress buying lifetime. I think back to the cheap cotton dresses (and my one cream linen suit!) I wore in my twenties. They always looked wrinkled and I marvel at today’s cool, no-iron fabrics.  For me, it’s a case where newer is definitely better.

How about you? Are you buying clothes made with cooling fabrics and/or built-in sunscreen? (And do you still iron?)

17 thoughts on ““Cool” clothing

  1. LeeB.

    Since I work in an air conditioned office, I tend to short sleeve tops but always take a sweater and jacket. I do have some sunscreen items. And even though I buy no-iron clothes, I still end up having to iron them. Oh well.

  2. LinnieGayl

    Dabney, those dresses sound really interesting, and I don’t own any in that fabric. I’m intrigued enough that I’m going to head over to Zappos to check them out.

    I only have a few things that need ironing, and I hate it.

    I definitely find that dresses and skirts are much cooler in the summer than pants, so tend to wear them most days to work. But i also work in an air conditioned building so must keep a jacket or sweater at the ready.

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